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Crismon Elementary School

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Posted yesterday

My child has been at Crismon since Kindergarten and is now in 5th Grade. My 2nd child just started school there this year in Kindergarten. Up until last year we were always very happy with Crismon. But now, and especially this year, we are completely fed up with this school and the principal. The school is being run like a prison. The principal is cold and feels very unapproachable. This year there were 34 kids in my daughters class before just this week they finally hired a new teacher. There are 29 kids in my sons kindergarten class and no plans of hiring another teacher for that grade. There is no way that our kids can receive adequate attention or a quality education with that many children in the class rooms. I will say that THE TEACHERS AT CRISMON ARE FANTASTIC. Unfortunately the district policy and the principal are not. It is unfortunate that they say there is no money for funding more teachers or proper supplies yet the district spent millions of dollars on fencing and security cameras that supposedly keep our kids "safe". This is teaching our kids to live in a "fear based" way and the school feels more like a jail than a safe and welcoming environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

We just started at Crismon this year and we moved from out of state. I'm still getting used to things, but I've already had several unfriendly and frankly offensive encounters with teachers and staff. They come off quite rude at times. A teacher accused me of being a bad mom when my daughter got confused as to where I would meet her after school one day and then I got an "Official Notice of Suspension" for my 5 yr old because one of his shots was given too early!! Couldn't they just call?! And there have been several more encounters that just leave a very feeling, you know? As far as education, I think it is average or even slightly above average, but frankly if you have to deal with mean people every day, it'd be better to go someplace else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

The teachers at Crismon "go above and beyond" in their professionalism, dedication to the students, communication skills with parents, and abilities to facilitate the educational process in a safe environment. Each student is expected to succeed, be respectful and is treated with respect. Unfortunately the Principal is not very supportive of these ideals, the teachers, the students, or the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

Although we love Crismon,( the teachers and the staff are wonderful), we miss Mr. McDonald as principal. It seems the current principal is more concerned about playing "traffic cop" to the parents who drop off and pick up their children, than the children's well being. Parents are supposed to wait in a single-file line when dropping off children; having to wait until all the cars ahead finish dropping off their kids before the kids can exit the car. Don't they realize that many parents have jobs and can't afford to wait that long in the parking lot? Us parents are grownups...Let us figure out the best way to safely enter and exit the parking lot! Our child was scolded by a "traffic enforcer" the other morning! If the school has a problem with how the parents drop off the kids, a note home would suffice...Don't involve the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

My child has attended Crismon for 6 years. Last year we received a new principal who's priorities are not the students. She has compromised the safety and education of students and lacks interpersonal and leadership skills. The teachers are wonderful and work hard to help the students. We've decided to leave this school after seeing first hand the downward direction that it's headed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2012

Crismon is a diverse school in a diverse neighborhood, however, there are plenty of nice families of all ethnicities here. I see more young families and even young couples moving into houses, walking dogs, jogging etc..than I did even five years ago. If you have a problem with diversity and having your children being around kids of other socio-economic and ethnic groups, then you will be uncomfortable with this assortment of children and parents. I have seen children being brought up to a higher level and not other children being brought down. The teachers do an excellent job of setting the climate and expectations that all students follow. Mesa can't keep doing the same things and expecting a different outcome-that's insanity. Staff and programs may change, but it is important to keep up with other districts who are better at changing with the times and not so hell-bent on keeping the status-quo. This is a time of change. Crismon's facilities are comparable, if not better than other area schools, all classes have technology-computers, document cameras, projectors, Smart Boards and the school building and grounds are always clean when I am there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2012

We are moving, and one of the big reasons we decided to was, 1- the neighborhood, and 2- the school.. we did not want our second daughter to start at this school. The teachers themselves, are good, they are genuine people who care, the district itself is in bad shape, budget cuts have left the teachers with little but outdated tools to teach our children.. my daughter had 3 children in her Kindergarten class who could not even speak English.I feel the teachers are over worked trying to bring these children up to the same level,this sometimes shows in frustration and inability to really listen to the children. My daughter was "punished" for talking because the little boy next to her in class could not understand the directions and was asking her for help.. so she would help him and then be punished and labled the troublemaker.. to me this is unnacceptable. It made her feel terrible and a bright child who once loved school, became discouraged by the constant negative comments from the teacher. I disagree with the possitive vibe one said you get from this school. It feels dated, old, dirty, ill equiped, crammed, and overall just not what I want my child to be in 6 hours a day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2011

I'm nervous to see how the school year will go this year. A lot of kids came in with really low levels, I found the teachers having to accommodate the kids who couldn't hit the mark, and the ones that did were not challenged enough. Discipline problems were not dealt with at a satisfactory time frame, and my child suffered with bullies. I am giving it one more year, because we moved from a private school to come here, and I don't want to have to uproot my children one more time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2011

I would love to know who did the reveiw March 28, 2011. I couldn't have said it better myself. We live in the neighborhood but just transferred our child to a Gilbert school. The office people and the teachers are wonderful. Unfortunately, they have too many things stacked against them to effeciently run their classrooms. Mesa District has made too many cuts causing the quality of Crismon to deteriorate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

My daughter had 2-6 grades here, my son 2-4th so far. It has always been the best of the best. This year the other local school was absorbed now in my sons class there are 32 to 1 ratio! They can not even moved the chair without bumping into the kid behind them. This wonderful school with it's wonderful staff is being ruined by MPS to conserve costs by closing the other school. The new kids have not had the disciplinary (trust,responsibility, academics, citizenship kindness, safety), methods and are in large part rather disruptive. My son is asking to change schools this year. Being a rather high IQ kid he is left in the dust. Behavior is suffering as he is just so frustrated. The poor teacher has to repeat herself so much that lessons are not able to be taught without kids staying in at recess. Hardened kids are now here from other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

The new principal is fantastic!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2008

My grandson was in Y-K last year. This year he is in all day K and I am VERY pleased with everything this school has to offer.


Posted December 18, 2008

My son went to Crismon for 8yrs. My daughter is on her 3rd year. I think the teachers and the entire staff are wonderful! They are very caring and will always take the time to listen and help anyway they can. I would never consider another school for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

I am a parent of a pre-schooler. She's 4 and has had the privilege of having the same pre-K teacher for the second year. The school is wonderful and so are the teachers. We drive 1/2 hour so she can be a part of this great team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2008

What a great school! Our son attended his kindergarten and 1st grade years at Crismon. We were so pleased. Mrs. Acklin and Mrs. Hinkle were both so careing and understanding to the needs of each child. I recommend Crismon to anyone, those with special needs and those without. Thanks Crismon for being such a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2008

All 4 of my children attend Crismon and it has been a great school for us. The office staff,aides on the playground and teachers seem to have a great repor with each other and with the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2007

Crismon is a wonderful school. Crismon provides a wide variety of teachers to accommodate every child. Parent involvement is very important to me and I am always encouraged to come into the classrooms and help or just observe. I always feel that I can speak my mind to teachers as well as the Principle and actually be heard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2007

My grandchildren attend Crismon. My granddaughters teacher continually 'lost' her assignments, resulting in bad grades. The teacher also had no control of the class and even less empathy for children's feelings. The Principle seldom returned my Daughters phone calls when she left messages for him to call.


Posted April 4, 2006

Excellent faculty. My daughter's teachers should receive national recognition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2005

Crismon Elementary is a very good school, with some of the best elementary teachers. There is good parent involvement. The principal is not one of the best however.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 42%
Hispanic 33% 43%
Black 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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